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2018 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

From mega-conferences like Microsoft Inspire and VMworld to more niche partner meet-ups, we've got your 2018 conference schedule covered.

The 2018 Microsoft Product Roadmap

Our annual guide to what major Microsoft releases are coming down the pipeline, and when.

Marching Orders 2018: Guidance for Microsoft Partners from the Experts

Tips for managing the Microsoft relationship, for women in the channel, for correcting course on the business and for someday making an exit.

CES 2018: New Windows 10 PCs Try To Do Everything, Everywhere

A gallery of standout devices from this year's showcase.

2017 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: From Microsoft mega-events like Build and Ignite to smaller one- and two-day training sessions, we've got your 2017 conference schedule covered.

Microsoft's Menu of Indirect CSP Partners Gets Bigger

In the last few years, the number of Cloud Solution Provider Indirect Providers operating in the United States has jumped from just five to more than 14. Indirect Resellers have lots of choices, ranging from distys to LSPs to cloud distys to CSP specialists.

How Microsoft Partners Helped Customers Rebound After 2017 Storms

As monster hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey struck this summer and fall, Microsoft partners prepped their customers, helped them keep businesses running or emergency operations going, and continue to support them in the storms' aftermath.

Microsoft's Channel Finds Its Place in the Expanding Azure Ecosystem

As Azure gains ground in the public cloud space and Microsoft refines its partner organization to make Azure sales more enticing, an ecosystem of offerings is springing up around the platform. We take a look at the opportunities for partners to offer Azure-based services.

RCP Reader's Choice Awards 2017: The Year's Top Products for Microsoft Partners

The very best in each of 23 categories as chosen by the RCP audience.

Get To Know Microsoft's 'One Commercial Partner'

Microsoft upended its channel-facing corporate structure this year and unveiled major new engagement models and other programs for working with partners. In this special section, RCP describes and unpacks the myriad changes.

You're Doing Your Web Site Wrong: How Microsoft Partners Can Win on the Web

A review of the Web sites of the RCP 200 reveals best practices and interesting trends -- as well as areas for improvement -- in the public face that Microsoft partners present to the world.

2017 Rocket Award: AgileThought's Three-Pronged Recipe for Growth

A well-oiled hiring process, a commitment to new-client acquisitions and a more industry-focused strategy are the keys to success for the 2017 RCP Rocket award winner.

Microsoft OCP Puts New Faces in Partner Management Roles

With the creation of the One Commercial Partner team and the reorganization of the Microsoft field structure largely complete, the roster of partner-facing channel executives at Microsoft seems mostly set for fiscal year 2018.

Navigating the Solution Maps and Channel Managers of Microsoft's OCP

Microsoft is in the midst of an all-hands effort to create Solution Maps. Partners who want to be at the center of Microsoft's business need to make sure they show up on those maps.

Microsoft Aims To Eliminate the Middleman with Blockchain

Microsoft is aggressively building out blockchain services in Azure with help from financial, traditional and ISV partners.

Q&A with Ron Huddleston: Know Your Solution Maps and Channel Managers

In Part 3 of a three-part Q&A from the Microsoft Inspire conference, Microsoft One Commercial Partner CVP Ron Huddleston talks about two of the most important new concepts for partners to understand to succeed in Microsoft's revised channel model.

Q&A with Ron Huddleston: Microsoft's New Partner Engagement Model

In Part 2 of a three-part Q&A from the Microsoft Inspire conference, Ron Huddleston, head of Microsoft's One Commercial Partner unit, explains how Microsoft is trying to simplify its partner-facing organization to work more effectively with its massive partner network.

Q&A with Ron Huddleston: Meet Microsoft's One Commercial Partner Leader

In Part 1 of a three-part Q&A from the Microsoft Inspire conference, Huddleston explains his philosophy on partnering and how his background at Salesforce.com and Oracle is informing his approach to the channel at Microsoft.

What's in Microsoft's Tea Leaves for Fiscal 2018?

Expect a year of continued focus on Azure, Office 365, Windows 10, LinkedIn/Dynamics and the attempt to find a new niche in the mobile space.

What To Expect from Microsoft's WPC, Ahem, Inspire 2017

Controversy swirls around the new name Microsoft slapped on the event formerly known as the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). The structure, focus and audience, however, should feel familiar to any attendee of previous WPCs.

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